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Teddy bears are much loved toys and comforters, but in the course of being cuddled and played with they become soiled and damaged. Ears are torn, paws worn away; they become distorted and grubby. Because of their importance to their owners they are not usually discarded and replaced like worn out clothes; their lives are extended through darning, patching and other home repairs. Some teddy bears are passed onto subsequent generations where they suffer further wear and tear.

In a museum their purpose changes; they become objects in a collection, in this instance at the Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood.

Conservation of these teddy bears involved removing the old repairs - some of which had distorted the original form, and maintaining all that remained of the original object. (Of course if the object had an important provenance it may have been that the repairs were of interest too).They were cleaned and returned to their original shapes.

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Traditional Soft Bear - Assorted

Traditional Soft Bear - Assorted

Lovable traditional soft bear with moveable arms and legs.    Please note, this bear comes in a variety of natural colours and we cannot gua…

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What is Luxury?

25 April – 27 September 2015. What is Luxury? interrogates ideas of luxury today, addressing how luxury is made and understood in a physical, conceptual and cultural capacity.

VIsit the V&A exhibition What is Luxury?

Event - Behind the Scenes at Kew - Tour 1

Tue 07 July 2015 11:00–12:30

Kew Gardens has the world’s largest and most diverse botanical collections under its care. It is also an internationally respected centre of scientific excellence, carrying out ground-breaking research and conservation programmes around the globe to ensure a sustainable future for plants and people. Members will be given an exclusive look behind the scenes by a senior member of Kew’s horticultural staff.

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